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Additionally, Knight Law Firm strives to relieve our client's emotional burdens during the process of family law disputes.
With our clients' best interest in forefront, we aim to reach settlement for our clients when achievable. When unable to do so, Robert T. Knight is prepared to aggressively represent our client's day in court.
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At Knight Law Firm, we use aggressive creative litigation tactics to solve complex problems. We endeavor to achieve the best results for our clients every time with careful advise and relentless preparation.
When parties have a child or children, a custody order must be sought. This order sets out rules and regulations regarding which parent has custody of the child at which times. Additionally, a multitude of other items can be included in a custody order, such as telephonic communication with the child, access to school and health records by each parent, and the issue of whether a third party, not related to the child by blood or marriage, can be allowed to spend the night with the child present.
Louisiana courts will examine what is “the best interest of the child” in determining which parent receives custody. Factors in this determination include which parent can meet the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the child, which parent can place the child’s needs first, the geographic proximity between the parents, the history of each parent’s involvement with the child and the child’s preference if the child is at the age of discernment.
If the parties are able to agree on a custody arrangement, then the attorney’s job is to prepare the necessary paperwork to be signed off by both parties and the presiding Judge. This agreement then becomes an order of the court and is enforceable by either party.
However, in many occasions, the parties cannot agree on custody. At this time, it is vital that you seek out an attorney that has represented both the father and mother in numerous custody cases, throughout Louisiana. Handling custody cases involves specialized skill and expertise. Two of the most common mistakes is not seeking out an attorney to protect your right’s immediately and allowing the other party to obtain an attorney who will protect theirs. The second mistake is hiring an attorney based upon price or because that attorney assures you he can handle your custody case. It is extremely difficult, and sometimes virtually impossible, to undo past mistakes of an inexperienced attorney.
When you need an experienced custody attorney to protect your most precious asset – your child, call Robert Knight. Mr. Knight has handled numerous custody cases, for both fathers and mothers, throughout the State of Louisiana. He is the custody attorney you need on your side.
There are a number of ways to obtain a divorce in Louisiana. Under LA C.C. 102, a Petition for Divorce is filed and served upon the other party. Once the parties have lived separate and apart for six months after service, then they are eligible to obtain a final divorce. If the parties have minor children (under the age of 18) then the waiting period is one year.
If the parties have already been separated the requisite period of time , they can obtain a divorce under LA C.C. 103(1). It is also possible to obtain a divorce und LA C.C. 103(2) which is the adultery based statute. This is a complex statute to obtain a divorce under. The moving party has to be able to prove that adultery did in fact occur. Sometimes even when adultery can be proven an experienced attorney will advise not to proceed forward under this article.
Mr. Knight has successfully obtained divorces under all of the above mentioned codal articles. We are able to handle your divorce case from beginning to end and you will be assured that it will be handled correctly and in the most expeditious manner possible.
We are an advocate for clients in complex divorces.
A divorce is an emotionally draining process for many clients and their families and is further complicated for high net worth individuals. An experienced divorce and family law attorney is essential to make sure the divorce reflects a fair division of community property assets. At Knight Law Firm, we are prepared to account for any hidden assets and evaluate businesses and property in high net worth divorces. Contact us today for aggressive legal representation in Monroe, Shreveport and throughout Louisiana.
In Louisiana, once you are married, the general rule is that all property acquired during that marriage is determined to be community property. However, this general rule can be upset by specific exceptions to the rule, such as a personal injury settlement to one spouse during the course of the marriage, or the use of separate funds that are used to benefit the community estate.
Our firm’s family law section consult forensic accountants, appraisers and other experts to evaluate assets involved in a high net worth divorce, such as:
• Vacation homes
• Retirement plans
• Business assets
• Boats and planes
• Stocks and investment
• Recreational or farmland
Robert Knight will work with a team of financial experts and investigators to trace how assets were handled during the marriage.
We right hard to protect your assets, including the assets obtained before marriage.
Property acquired before the marriage or acquired by inheritance or gift during the marriage remains the separate property of the person receiving the gift or owning the property. Additionally if one person obtains a personal injury settlement that is not lost wages, during the course of the marriage, this is also separate property.
Community property is acquired during the marriage and must be correctly examined and divided between the parties upon divorce. Property division can be highly technical and complex.
Additionally, one party can enter into a prenumptial agreement prior to marriage. This agreement can mean that there is no community property regime that exists between the parties. If one spouse is attempting to assert that there is community property in the presence of a prenuptial agreement, said agreement must be examined closely by a lawyer with the expertise necessary to interpret it.
In some instances, parties may have few assets but a lot of debt. In these cases, parties simply attempt to avoid the community property division process, claiming that its not worth the expense. However, a good property settlement will note the debt attributed to each party and include an order that each party pay this debt. Without such an order, a party may be stuck paying for more debt that their share.
If you need an attorney to either advise you or litigate your community property claim, then you need the services of Robert Knight. Mr. Knight has been involved in many community property claims and has the knowledge that you need to successfully resolve your case.
A party’s right to spousal support is limited to his or her need, and the other party’s ability to pay. There is no set table or guideline for spousal support which means that the Judge has wide discretion in either ordering alimony or denying a spousal support claim.
Knight Law Firm, LLC has handled numerous alimony and spousal support claims both in attempting to obtain this support for his client and also defending his clients against another party. Alimony and spousal support is a technical area of the law. Aggressive representation is a must if you are either attempting to obtain a spousal support award or if a spousal support claim has been made against you.
Spousal support claims are classified as either interim or final. Interim alimony is paid during the pendency of a divorce. Final support awards can be paid for the duration of a party’s life. Once an alimony award is given, it is very difficult to adjust this award. Therefore, if an alimony claim is made against you or for you, a party must take immediate steps to make sure that this claim is properly handled.
If you are faced with an alimony or spousal support claim call Robert Knight at the Knight Law Firm, LLC today for a consultation.
In Louisiana, child support is governed by a set of guidelines regarding both parents’ gross incomes. A formula is used to calculate the amount of child support. For a parent who has custody of a child or children, a request for child support is needed because the other parent is not under any order to pay child support until a court orders that party to pay. For a parent who has had a child support request made against him or her, legal representation is needed to make sure that a proper amount of child support is awarded by the court.
If you are in need of child support or require assistance in defending against a child support claim, contact Robert Knight immediately. Mr. Knight has handled numerous child support cases and will work with you to see that your case is fairly and equitably handled.
In Louisiana family law, the court can appoint a non parent, such as a grandparent and award custody of a child to that non parent. While these cases are unusual, as the parents have the fundamental right to their child, a judge does have that option. In an case where a grandparent might not be available and the Judge decides that the child needs to be placed with a person other than a parent, then a relative of the child may be awarded custody.
Even though these cases are rare, Mr. Knight has successfully obtained grandparent/non parents custodial rights for a several clients. A grandparent or non parent must first understand that they are not the court’s first option to place a child with. However, if one or both parent are in jail or on drugs then it is possible to obtain custody rights for the grandparent or nonparent.
If you have a case where you are a grandparent or non parent and you need an attorney to advocate your case, please contact Knight Law Firm today.